A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Dr. Gustavo Bisbal is the Director of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC), one of eight centers in the United States at the core of the Department of the Interior's climate change response strategy. The NW CSC was established in 2010 to coordinate the expertise of federal and university researchers to provide scientific information and tools necessary to address federal, state, and tribal resource managers' priorities in response to a changing climate.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Bisbal served in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, at the U.S. Department of State. He helped advance U.S. foreign policy objectives related to ocean sciences and resource management by holding leadership roles as the Department's Officer to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and as Alternate Head of the U.S. delegation to UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Between 2002 and 2006, Dr. Bisbal was the Manager of the Columbia River Basin and Water Development Branch at the Oregon Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Between 1994 and 2002, as Senior Science and Policy Analyst with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, he was responsible for the integration of scientific information into policy decisions to protect and restore fish and wildlife resources in the Columbia River basin.
Dr. Bisbal's graduate education at the University of Rhode Island includes both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography, and a Master in Marine Affairs.